Chris Beard (basketball)

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Chris Beard
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Texas Tech
Conference Big 12
Record 45–24 (.652)
Biographical details
Born (1973-02-18) February 18, 1973 (age 45)
Marietta, Georgia
Alma mater Texas
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1991–1995 Texas (asst.)
1995–1996 Incarnate Word (asst.)
1996–1997 Abilene Christian (asst.)
1997–1999 North Texas (asst.)
1999–2000 Fort Scott CC
2000–2001 Seminole State JC
2001–2011 Texas Tech (assoc. HC)
2011–2012 South Carolina Warriors
2012–2013 McMurry
2013–2015 Angelo State
2015–2016 Little Rock
2016–present Texas Tech
Head coaching record
Overall 141–54 (.723) NCAA
44–18 (.710) Junior College
Tournaments 5–2 (NCAA Division I)
2–1 (NCAA Division II)
Accomplishments and honors
Sun Belt regular season championship (2016)
Sun Belt Tournament championship (2016)
Big 12 Co-Coach of the Year (2018)
Sun Belt Coach of the Year (2016) [1]

Christopher Michael Beard (born February 18, 1973[2]) is an American basketball coach and the current head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

He previously coached Little Rock, Angelo State, and McMurry University. Beard graduated from high school from McCullough High School in The Woodlands, Texas. He was a student assistant at Texas under coach Tom Penders graduating from UT in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. He received a Masters of Education from Abilene Christian University where he served as a graduate assistant in 1998.

Coaching career[edit]

After serving as a student assistant at Texas and a graduate assistant at Incarnate Word and Abilene Christian, Beard was an assistant coach at North Texas 1997–1999.

From there, he was hired as head coach at Fort Scott Community College where he coached the team to a 19–12 record and its first winning season in 8 years.[3] In 2000, he was hired as the head coach at Seminole State College. In his one-year there he went 25–6 and finished ranked 14th in the country.

Following that season, he was hired as an assistant and later associate head coach at Texas Tech to work under the legendary Bob Knight. During his time at Texas Tech, the Red Raiders made four NCAA Tournament appearances along with a trip to the NIT Final Four. Chris Beard spent 10 years coaching at Texas Tech under Bob Knight and his son Pat Knight, often citing the influence of the two men as his keys to success.[4]

Beard also spent one year as head coach for the South Carolina Warriors of the American Basketball Association, where he led the team to a 29–2 record.[5] In 2012, he was hired as head coach at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas where he spent one season.[6] In March 2013, he was hired as the sixth head coach at Angelo State. In two years with the Rams, he went 47–15.

Little Rock[edit]

On April 8, 2015, Beard was named the head coach of Arkansas–Little Rock.

In his first and only season at UALR, the Trojans went 30–5 and won the regular season and Sun Belt tournament titles to clinch an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Little Rock was awarded a 12 seed and knocked off fifth-seeded Purdue 85–83 in double overtime to advance to the Second Round, where they fell to Iowa State.

Beard was named Sun Belt Coach of the Year for his efforts.

Texas Tech[edit]

On March 27, 2016, Beard accepted the head coaching job at UNLV.[7] When the Texas Tech head coaching job was made vacant by Tubby Smith's departure to Memphis, Beard took the Texas Tech job on April 15, 2016.[8] Chris Beard cited his years as an assistant coach at Texas Tech University for 10 years under Bob Knight and Pat Knight amongst the reasons that he took the job and the proximity to his daughters who live a few hours away from Lubbock. On January 3, 2017, Chris Beard led Texas Tech to upset #7 West Virginia[9] leading the Red Raiders to their first regular-season win over the Mountaineers in program history. The following year he again led Texas Tech to a 72-71 win over #2 WVU. His 2017-18 team was also the first Texas Tech team to win at Kansas, snapping a 17-game road losing streak against the Jayhawks. Chris Beard won the Big 12 Co-Coach of the Year in 2018. On March 23, 2018 Beard coached Texas Tech to its first-ever Elite Eight berth in program history with a 78–65 win over the Purdue Boilermakers.[10]


Beard has three daughters, Avery, Ella, and Margo.[11]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
McMurry War Hawks (Heartland Conference) (2012–2013)
2012–13 McMurry 19–10 10–8 None[12] NCCAA Regional Final[13]
McMurry: 19–10 (.655) 10–8 (.556)
Angelo State Rams (Lone Star Conference) (2013–2015)
2013–14 Angelo State 19–9 8–6 3rd[14]
2014–15 Angelo State 28–6 11–3 2nd[15] NCAA D-II Third Round
Angelo State: 47–15 (.758) 19–9 (.679)
Little Rock Trojans (Sun Belt Conference) (2015–2016)
2015–16 Little Rock 30–5 17–3 1st NCAA Second Round
Little Rock: 30–5 (.857) 17–3 (.850)
Texas Tech Red Raiders (Big 12 Conference) (2016–present)
2016–17 Texas Tech 18–14 6–12 T–7th
2017–18 Texas Tech 27–10 11–7 T–2nd NCAA Elite Eight
Texas Tech: 45–24 (.652) 17–19 (.472)
Total: 141–54 (.723)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ Hicks, Allen (9 March 2016). "Chris Beard named Coach of the Year". UALR Athletics. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  2. ^ NCAA® Career Statistics
  3. ^ Schulte, Troy (March 8, 2016). "Net worth: UALR's Beard lives to coach basketball". Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
  4. ^ TEXASTECH.COM Pat Knight Names Chris Beard Associate Head Coach – Texas Tech University Official Athletic Site
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-12-29. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  6. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Anderson, Mark (March 27, 2016). "UNLV picks Beard as new basketball coach". Las Vegas Review-Journal.
  8. ^ Goodman, Jeff (April 16, 2016). "Chris Beard hired by Texas Tech weeks after accepting UNLV job". ESPN.
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Red Raiders Make School History". Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  11. ^ Angelo State University – Chris Beard Named Fifth Head Men's Basketball Coach in ASU History
  12. ^ Standings/Schedules
  13. ^ McMurry University War Hawks Athletics – Men's Basketball Comes Up Short In NCCAA Regional Final
  14. ^ Lone Star Conference – 2013–14 Men's Basketball Standings
  15. ^ Lone Star Conference – 2014–15 Men's Basketball Standings

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